In 1956, one of the most controversial aircraft in aviation history, the Lockheed U-2 “Dragon Lady“, entered service. It is the best known spy plane, maybe not due by capabilities, but because during its career it has been on the verge of generating two conflicts with very serious repercussions. This plane was born as a joint project of the USAF and the CIA, although it was the latter agency that controlled most of the project, in order to leave the military out of responsibility in case of problems on Soviet territory, as it happened on May 1960. The U-2 has completed its 65-year career, something really unusual for an aircraft, and it does not seem that in the short term there will be a suitable substitute to replace it, so we can continue to see its black silhouette for a few more years.
U-2 / TR-1 gallery 1 and more info
U-2 / TR-1 gallery 2 and more info
U-2 / TR-1 gallery 3 and more info